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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 20,093) 27th September 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson

Reading Reading vs Swansea City Swansea

Royals sink Swans

Free-scoring Reading move third

Last Updated: 27/09/08 7:38pm

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Coppell: On song

Coppell: On song

Reading continued their free-scoring form with a 4-0 thrashing of Swansea at the Madejski Stadium.

Kevin Doyle continued his goalscoring run with a brace, while Noel Hunt and Stephen Hunt were also on the scoresheet as the Royals moved third.

The Royals destroyed Sheffield Wednesday 6-0 in their last home game and continued their flawless home record by bringing up their 16th goal in just four games.

Midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson made his first league start since suffering a knee injury in January, after a successful comeback in the Carling Cup defeat at Stoke in midweek, and should have opened the scoring in the ninth minute when hitting the side-netting.

Steve Coppell's side were all over the Swans and went ahead in the 18th minute.

Jimmy Kebe won a corner from Federico Bessone and from Stephen Hunt's excellent delivery Noel Hunt rose to head powerfully past Dorus De Vries.

Double change

Stephen Hunt was again involved and he fed the overlapping Chris Armstrong and the former Sheffield United man picked out Doyle perfectly on the penalty spot for the Republic of Ireland international to bury the ball into the bottom corner.

It was Doyle's seventh goal in 138 minutes of action at the Madejski and Stephen Hunt capped a fine 45 minutes with the third goal after meeting a Kebe cross.

Roberto Martinez made a double change at the break, replacing Jason Scotland and Thomas Butler with Febian Brandy and Mark Gower.

And Brandy then won a foul 25 yards from goal and Jordi Gomez crashed the free-kick against the crossbar.

But that proved to be the closest the Swans came to a consolation as Coppell's side eased to another emphatic win when Doyle added the fourth.

A fantastic flowing move down the left saw Stephen Hunt and substitute Kalifa Cisse combine and from Hunt's low cross the predatory Doyle tapped in from close range.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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